Andrew R. Arceci, violist da gamba

Developing a varied career as performer, composer/arranger, and scholar, Andrew Arceci performs regularly on the viola da gamba (viol), violone, and double bass throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  As viol soloist with orchestra, Arceci has performed historical and/or contemporary works with Oxford Baroque (UK), and numerous ensembles throughout the United States––the National Philharmonic, L'Académie, Les Bostonades, Cambridge Concentus, and the New Juilliard Ensemble, giving the North American premiere of Elżbieta Sikora’s Canzona: for Viola da Gamba & Orchestra at New York’s Alice Tully Hall.  Arceci recently contributed to the BBC-One drama series Silent Witness, working with BAFTA-nominated composer Sheridan Tongue.  He has given workshops at the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Cambridge (UK), the University of Edinburgh (UK), the Narnia Arts Academy (Narni; Italy), the Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan), and Burapha University (Thailand).  Additionally, Arceci has presented at several musicology conferences––I Encontro Ibero-Americano de Jovens Musicólogos (Portugal), Music & the Seicento (UK), and the Royal Musical Association (UK).  Festival highlights include the Brighton Early Music Festival (UK), Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik (Germany), MUPA International Festival (Thailand), the Shandelee Music Festival (US), Artscape (US), the Aspen Music Festival-Opera Theater Center (US), Indianapolis Early Music Festival (US), Washington Early Music Festival (US), and the 2011 Focus! Festival (US).  Upcoming engagements include projects throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Taiwan, and Thailand.


“The opening Grave, with subtle nuances in Andrew Arceci’s viola da gamba and overall intricate textures, conveyed the quiet and poised joy of daily thanksgiving.” L. Golub, THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER (2014; United States)

“Those responsible for the opulent, plush music of Michel Lambert (1610-1696), Jean-Baptiste Drouard de Bousset (1662-1725), Charles Dollé (c.1700-c.1755), and Antoine Forqueray (1671-1745) were the ensemble’s director Andrew Arceci, who played the melodies on viola da gamba...” B. Plaxen, THE CATSKILL CHRONICLE (2013; United States)

“The playing was detailed and beautifully balanced throughout the afternoon…” S. Brookes, THE WASHINGTON POST (2012; United States)

"The evening ended with Canzona by Elżbieta Sikora, who deploys a solo viola da gamba in a frenetic duel with the chamber orchestra. At times the piece felt like a Bach sonata being assaulted, interrupted by enormous forces-perhaps a metaphor for an ancient instrument struggling to find its place in the modern age. Andrew Arceci was heroic in the wide-ranging solo part...” B. Hodges, SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL (2011; United States)

"Andrew Arceci brought a lovely tone to the line and matched the dramatic impulses that propelled the superb ensemble playing." A. Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES (2011; United States)


Advisory Committee:

John Crouch, composer

Chris Ferebee, composer

Matt Giannotti, composer

Ismar Gomes, cellist

Mark Janello, composer

Dan Jeffries, composer & recording engineer/producer

George Lykogiannis, pianist

Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, conductor & composer

Asako Takeuchi, baroque violinist

Morton Wan, pianist


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